wiredmikey writes “Amazon Web Services today announced ‘AWS GovCloud,’ a new AWS Region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move IT applications and systems into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. Previously, government agencies with data subject to Compliance regulations such as the International Trade and Arms Regulation (ITAR), which governs how organizations manage and store defense-related data, were unable to process and store data in the cloud that the federal government mandated be accessible only by U.S. persons. AWS said that it will screen customers prior to providing access to the AWS GovCloud, helping to ensure customers are ‘U.S. Persons,’ not subject to export restrictions.”
Source: Amazon Launches ‘AWS GovCloud’
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Dan Jones writes “The Los Angeles City Council has approved a US$7.25 million, five-year deal with Google in which the city will adopt Gmail and other Google Apps. Interestingly, just over $1.5 million for the project will come from the payout of a 2006 class action lawsuit between the City and Microsoft (Microsoft paid $70 million three years ago to settle the suit by six California counties and cities who alleged that Microsoft used its monopoly position to overcharge for software). The city will migrate from Novell GroupWise e-mail servers. For security, Google will provide a new separate data environment called ‘GovCloud’ to store both applications and data in a completely segregated environment that will only be used by public agencies. This GovCloud would be encrypted and ‘physically and logically segregated’ from Google’s standard applications. Has cloud computing stepped up to prime time?”
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